Monday, December 30, 2013

Back Home For the Holidays

Next stop was the DRV factory in Howe Indiana to get some minor issues addressed.  As always they have a wonderful service center and took care of our every need, just another reason to buy a Mobile Suite!  We stayed for 3 days then headed to Sharon PA to visit my cousins and my Aunt June.  Once again the Walmart parking lot was our home for two more nights.  Thursday night we went to Doug and Patti's house for dinner, Friday morning we visited my Aunt June (my dad's sister) and took her to lunch.  She is 92 years young and sharp as a tack!

That evening all of my cousins and their wife's meet us for dinner at our favorite place to eat when we visit, Quaker Steak and Lube.  It was nice to see everyone and get caught up.

The next day we made it to Winchester VA again staying in the Walmart parking lot.  One of my sistahs from the YSA group lives 20 miles away in Capon Bridge WV so we went to their house for dinner and spent the night.

Thank you Julie and Drew for a wonderful meal and great accommodations!

The next day we headed to South Hill VA again staying in the Walmart parking lot.  I have to say it is really great having the solar on the rig, it makes staying in a parking lot awesome.  Once we got set up we headed to Bracey VA where my aunt Ruthie and uncle Cliff live which is about 15 miles from South Hill.  After dinner and a nice visit we drove back to the rig for the night.  The next day we arrived home in Wilmington NC.  This is the first time we have come back with our rig since we hit the road.


The first two weeks back home were a whirl wind of visiting family and friends.  One little guy was really happy to see his Pop Pa.

It was so nice to spend time with Reed as he is growing up way too fast.

I made two trips to Bracey VA to visit my Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Cliff.  

Our middle son Michael and his girlfriend Amy hosted Thanksgiving this year.  We all had a wonderful day with the family and as always ate way too much food.  Mark and I in the past usually hosted the holidays as we had the big house so it was really nice to be a guest this year!  

On December 1st we rode in the Toys for Tots annual ride hosted by our local Harvey shop.

We met up with Marks brother, his wife and her friend for the ride.  It is such a good cause and an enjoyable event.

In my spare time I was busy making jewelry for a party I was hosting at my girlfriends house.  It felt wonderful to be creative again as we have been so busy for the past 6 months.  The show was a success and I thank everyone that came.  

In my old neighborhood the ladies had a group and we called ourselves the "Flamingos".  Loretta hosted a party for us girls and as always when we all get together we had a fabulous time.  Food, alcohol and some fun with Elf on a Shelf.  Thanks Loretta for good times!!!

Me, Tammy, Loretta, Lori, Ellen and Lori.

Christmas was a busy day first starting out with breakfast at Reed and his mom's house.

Next stop was at Reed's dad's with his girlfriend Amy and her two kids.

Then it was Christmas dinner which was hosted by Mark's brother Lynn and his wife Susan.  Lynn loves to cook and boy did he and Susan put on a wonderful spread for the family!

Time passes to quickly when you are with family and friends.  We are grateful for the time we were able to spend with everyone!  


It has been a busy year for us:

 Worked the RV Show in Quartzite AZ
Prospected in Wickenburg AZ
Flew home in March
Prospected in Mill City, NV
Redwoods CA
Crater Lake OR
Eugene OR
Worked a carnival in WA
Polson MT
Solar Installed on Rig
Worked the Sugarbeet Harvest MT
Drove back to the East Coast
Traveled through 16 states
Visited 5 National Parks


We will be headed to Clearwater, FL on the 3rd of January as Mark will be going to school to be a certified RV Technician. 

Thanks for following our travels.